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US-UK Cybersecurity initiative launched 

US/UK: In a partnership supported by the UK Home Office on behalf of the UK Government, the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate has teamed up with the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to look at innovative ways to protect infrastructure from the growing risk of cyber attack. The new initiative, known as the Collaboration on Resilience and Security, or ColoRS, was launched in November at a two-day working meeting in Washington DC, writes Andy Marshall, CRJ Advisory Panel Member, who attended the meeting.


The ColoRS meeting was hosted by the Department of Homeland Security and it brought together 35 experts from the US and the UK, drawn from academia, government and emergency practitioners, to take a closer look at the main cybersecurity challenges facing both countries.

Opening the event, Douglas Maughan, Director of the DHS’ Cyber Security Division, outlined the key benefits that it is hoped ColoRS will bring: “From a cybersecurity perspective, we need to identify research needs and encourage multi-domain and multi-disciplinary teams to better anticipate threats to cyber infrastructure and mitigate the impact infrastructure failures would have on our societies."

A collection of detailed papers will now be developed, with the intention of publishing these in a single volume in Spring 2015.  Crisis Response Journal will feature this work in a future edition.  ? 

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